Who said vegetarians cannot enjoy a delicious turkey on Thanksgiving Day? Whether you are hosting or going to grandma's this year, you can indulge at the holiday table with a colorful turkey made entirely from fruits and veggies. A quick, easy and very cute turkey platter, your kids will just love to give you a hand with this one.
To make this raw, healthy design you just need to pick a few different colored, seasonal fruits and vegetables and think how you'll arrange its spectacular mixed leaves tail. For the head we used cauliflower, then added cardamom seeds as eyes, a carrot end peak and a red pepper for the characteristic hanging wattle turkeys have. Do your own version or copy the one we made, and homage nature for the harvest with this delicious plate that's good for both, humans and the feathered birds!
1. Gather the ingredients
For the tail:
- a few leaves of romaine lettuce
- a few leaves of red leaf lettuce
- a few leaves of chicory
- 3 small carrots
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5 prunes
For the head:
- 1 small cauliflower
- 1 red pepper
- 2 cardamom seeds
- a carrot end
For the Feet:
- 1 spring onion
2. Prep the tail
Wash, dry and rinse all vegetables. Cut the carrots lengthwise. Start by arranging the tail first by laying the big green leaves, then the red ones on top, the carrots and cucumber slices. Then mix in the prunes.
3. Prep the wattle
Do the wattle by cutting a thin slice of red pepper, right where it bends, and make a drop shape using scissors. Make its flesh thinner using a knife.
4. Do the eyes
Open up the cardamom pods and separate two seeds for the eyes (you could also use black sesame seeds).
5. Do the legs
Cut the spring onion (you could also use celery) in two pieces of about 5 inches and do two lengthwise cuts, split open the ends.
6. Do the head
Assemble the head with the red pepper-wattle hanging over a side of the carrot end-peak, and place it in the middle of the leaves’ array, place the spring onion-feet underneath the head, and voilà, you’ve completed the vegan, raw turkey!
All images © Ana Lisa Alperovich